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Supertyphoon Haiyan relief effort, Trader Joe's recall, Tyler Shields and more

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Pedestrians make their way across a street flooded by rains brought by Typhoon Haiyan in Shangsi, in southwest China Guangxi province on November 11, 2013. At least six people died after Typhoon Haiyan slashed across China's south coast and damaged hundreds of homes, state-run media on November 11, just days after devastating the Philippines over the weekend.
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Pedestrians make their way across a street flooded by rains brought by Typhoon Haiyan in Shangsi, in southwest China Guangxi province on November 11, 2013. At least six people died after Typhoon Haiyan slashed across China's south coast and damaged hundreds of homes, state-run media on November 11, just days after devastating the Philippines over the weekend.

Today on the show we take a look at relief efforts in The Philippines, both from Filipino-Americans and from Team Rubicon. Then, Desert Hot Springs faces bankruptcy, desert solar projects face increased scrutiny for environmental impacts. Photographer Tyler Shields talks about his latest book, "The Dirty Side of Glamour" and more.

Several organizations here in the U.S. are assisting in the relief efforts and gearing up to aid victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan any way they can. One of these groups is called Team Rubicon.
For many, this aid money comes on top of regular remittances that they send back to their family members in The Philippines. All this cash may be a major force in what rebuilds the country and people's homes.
The Coachella Valley town of Desert Hot Springs is running a deficit of more than $3 million, or about 20 percent of its total revenue. Among the solutions are to declare municipal bankruptcy, or dis-incorporate the town, which is home to about 25,000 people.
Birds are having a tough time trying to fly through the heat given off by solar thermal projects that have sprung up all over the California desert. With more of these projects looking to get green lit, what will that mean for the birds that are just trying to fly on through?
After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.
Several salads and sandwiches sold at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have been recalled over fears of E. Coli contamination.
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.
Back in 1946, the idea of making rain was shrouded in magic and often fraud. Now, more than half a century later, cloud-seeding has been proven to work and be cost-effective.
In The Philippines, communications are still down, days after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the island nation. KPCC's Leslie Berestein-Rojas says families there, and abroad, are becoming desperate for news about loved ones.
As the Philippines tries to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, scientists are looking more closely at the storm.
Authorities in the Mexican border city of Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month.
Smartphones, laptops and tablets are ubiquitous today, but it wasn't always that way. It used to be that most learned to communicate via the typewriter.
Senator Ron Calderon has been a huge booster of TV and film production in L.A. as a member of the California Film Commission's board, but he was removed from that position due to an ongoing FBI investigation involving bribes.
Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports from Garden City, Kansas. City leaders there are embracing the town's cultural change, which is driven by its newest citizens.
Photographer Tyler Shields has made a name for himself with celebrity photographs that are definitely NOT your standard TMZ fare.
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